Monday, June 16, 2008

Love this ColourLovers blog post about polychromed statuary from Greece and Rome!

The works are being exhibited at Harvard's Sackler Museum and the Getty Villa in Malibu. There's a similar misconception about medieval cathedrals as well - that they were meant to be austere and monochrome, but that's clearly not the case (see the St. Catherine column at Vézelay and St. Faith's chapel at Westminster, among so many others).

So. Which do you find more beautiful - the austerity that time has given these places and pieces, or imagining the (relative) explosion of color of the original buildings/sculptures?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:08 AM

    I've recently read that these sculptures had color at one time. I have to admit, though, that I like them without color. Maybe because I'm used to them this way?